Neuse River and area creeks remain at major flood stage

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The Neuse River has dropped below flood stage in Clayton and is falling in Smithfield. The gauge in Goldsboro is malfunctioning, but we believe the river there is still rising. The Neuse River at Kinston continues to rise slightly. It is likely the river will remain above major flood stage for several days in this region. Further downstream it continues to rise at Fort Barnwell, nearing major flood stage. The Neuse River will, however, remain several feet below Hurricane Matthew levels. It is still possible for New Bern to see some impacts due to the river flooding, especially if a strong NE winds develop. We’ll watch the gauges closely and keep you informed.

The Trent River in Trenton is finally dropping, but remains at major flood stage. Significant flooding occurred in Trenton and Pollocksville. This was a new record.

Contentnea Creek remains just above major flood stage, but appears to be cresting in Hookerton. Flooding is continuing in the Grifton, Snow Hill, Hookerton area.

Swift Creek in Pitt and Craven Counties remains right at the major flood stage line. But little increases expected in Pitt County. Some increases may occur in Craven County as the Neuse rises, backing up water.

The Little River in Johnston County is rising slightly, nearing moderate flood stage. The river dumps into the Neuse just upstream of Goldsboro.

The Tar River is rolling in Granville County, but dropping. We still believe that, while the Tar will remain high, it will stay below flood stage from Rocky Mount to Washington.

The Pungo River continues to drop; it is close to going below flood stage which is welcome news for Belhaven.